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3-D Portrait of President Obama
February 13, 2015 – February 16, 2015

In 2014, President Barack Obama became the first President to be scanned using 3-D technology. Data from the scan were used to create his portraits, and a 3-D printed bust will be on view for Presidents Day weekend Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Portrait Gallery
Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights
February 12, 2015 – February 15, 2016

A chronicle of the African American experience told from the perspective of stamps and mail.

Postal Museum
"Cracked Plate" Photograph of Lincoln
February 12, 2015 – February 16, 2015

For just five days, the museum will display the original print of the “cracked plate” portrait of Abraham Lincoln. This photograph by Alexander Gardner is one of the most haunting portraits of any president.

Portrait Gallery
Artists at Work
February 4, 2015 – May 1, 2015

This juried show, the Smithsonian Community Committees’s fourth, pan-Institutional art exhibition, underscores the often hidden talents within the Smithsonian community. A panel of three outside jurors selected 56 artists, from 23 different units, from more than 170 entries.

Ripley Center
How the Civil War Changed Washington
February 2, 2015 – November 15, 2015

This exhibition examines the social and spatial impact of the Civil War on Washington, DC and the resulting dramatic changes in social mores, and in the size and ethnic composition of the city’s population.

Anacostia Community Museum
"Hear My Voice": Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound
January 26, 2015 – January 24, 2016

See and hear some of the earliest sound recordings ever made, by Alexander Graham Bell’s Volta Laboratory in Washington, D.C., in the 1880s.

American History Museum
Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty
January 24, 2015 – April 26, 2015

Thousands of live orchids and the opportunity to explore how new ideas, technologies, and inventions change the way we study, protect, and enjoy these beautiful plants.

Natural History Museum
Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota—U.S. War of 1862
January 14, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Explore the causes, voices, events, and long-lasting consequences of the conflict between Dakota akicitas (warriors) and the U.S. military and immigrant settlers.

American Indian Museum
Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity
January 8, 2015 – June 8, 2015

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of those first two ventures outside the spacecraft, this exhibition presents art, photography, artifacts, and personal accounts that relate the continuing story of EVA.

Air and Space Museum
Chinese Ceramics: 13th-14th Century
December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2016

A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles.

Freer Gallery
Portrait of Stephen Colbert
December 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015

In recognition of the end of Stephen Colbert’s decade-long persona for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, the museum has borrowed Colbert’s portrait, which was created for the final season of the show.

Portrait Gallery
Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan
December 13, 2014 – June 14, 2015

In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Freer Gallery
Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics
December 13, 2014 – June 14, 2015

This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer's collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

Freer Gallery
Tools: Extending Our Reach
December 12, 2014 – May 25, 2015

Can tools be functional and have great design? This exhibition examines the role and significance of tools that span world cultures and histories.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Beautiful Users
December 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015

Beautiful Users introduces visitors to one of the fundamental changes in design thinking over the past half-century: the shift toward designs based on observations of human anatomy and behavior.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Maira Kalman Selects
December 12, 2014 – June 7, 2015

56 objects from the collections of Cooper Hewitt, other Smithsonian museums, and Kalman herself, arranged by the acclaimed author, artist, and designer to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Making Design
December 12, 2014 – April 17, 2016

Some 360 objects, including furniture, lighting fixtures, tableware, clothing, jewelry, books, and posters, providing an overview of five key elements of design: color, form, line, pattern, and texture.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church
December 12, 2014 – September 26, 2015

Paying homage both to de Forest and to his mentor, Frederic Church, Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church evokes the fascination of late 19th-century America with the arts of India.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
First 3-D Printed Presidential Life Mask and Bust
December 2, 2014 – December 31, 2014

The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are on display. The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask.

Smithsonian Castle
The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia
November 22, 2014 – May 31, 2015

The exhibition provides glimpses of travels across the continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Sackler Gallery

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